This morning the Buffalo Bills signed offensive lineman David Quessenberry to a one-year contract for an undisclosed amount.
Quessenberry is a former 6th-round pick to the Houston Texans after playing his college football at San Jose State, where he was a captain his senior season. Quessenberry was placed on injured reserve in his first NFL season after sustaining a season-ending foot injury.
The Years Away
Quessenberry was going to be back for his second season but was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s T Lymphoblastic lymphoma. After three years of Cancer treatments, Quessenberry successfully beat his diagnosis and was ready to attempt coming back into the NFL.
While he was only a sixth-round pick, Quessenberry was determined to return to the NFL, and he got that opportunity in 2017 when he was called up from the practice squad to make his NFL debut for the Houston Texans against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After the 2018 training camp, Quessenberry signed with the Tennessee Titans practice squad. Quessenberry spent the majority of the following three seasons on both the practice squad and the Titans’ active roster. After that, Quessenberry won the starting right tackle job this past season during training camp and started every game for the Titans.
Quessenberry will join his former Tennessee Titans teammate Rodger Saffold in Buffalo for the next season as. Both look to bring their experience and success in the run game to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills struggled to run the ball when Josh Allen was not the ball carrier, so signing away an offensive lineman from one of football’s best rushing attacks indicates Buffalo wants to improve its ground game.
Fit With The Bills
Although most of Quessenberry’s NFL experience comes at the Tackle position, the Buffalo Bills announced his signing as an offensive lineman instead of a tackle. The Bills already have two starting tackles who are unlikely to lose their jobs to Quessenberry, let alone anyone.
Buffalo could see Quessenberry as an answer to one of their starting guard spots. Quessenberry does have some guard experience and could challenge Ryan Bates for a role in the starting five. As a result, Quessenberry could be used as a depth option who can play multiple positions, given his versatility. His most likely role? Quessenberry probably will challenge second-year tackle Tommy Doyle for the 6th OL spot. The Bills use the 6th OL for a few snaps every game to give them an advantage running the football.
Quessenberry was solid in his first entire season starting last year. He was the 6th best run-blocking tackle in all of the football per PFF. While he did give up 11 total sacks, Buffalo is looking for his run blocking expertise.
Quessenberry opened up about signing with the Bills today at One Bills Drive, where he talked about how the culture in Buffalo is one of the main reasons he signed with the Bills. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have completed this turnaround of the narrative that surrounded the Buffalo Bills in free agency. Buffalo has now become a destination for free agents and veteran players.